Healthy Eating During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! We’re entering the time of year filled with fun activities, family time and best of all…food. While there are so many opportunities to eat delicious treats, it can make it that much harder to continue our healthy eating habits.

Maintaining healthy eating habits during the holiday season can be a challenge but it’s important to focus on balanced choices to support overall well-being. 

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Here are some healthy eating tips to help you keep your goals on track:

  • Plan Ahead
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Savor Treats Mindfully
  • Stay Active
  • Listen to Your Body
  • Practice Self-Care
  • Schedule Your Training Sessions in Advance

Plan Ahead

With so many events going on during this time of year, it’s good to think about them in advance. Try eating a healthy meal, or snack, before going out. This can help you steer clear of the sweets.

Stay Hydrated

Being hydrated is so important year-round! During the holiday season, staying hydrated can help your body feel good and help reduce hunger. Adequate hydration supports digestion, helps regulate body temperature, and can prevent overeating by keeping you feeling fuller. Dehydration can increase the feeling of hunger and also make you feel weaker. Remember to drink water regularly, in doing so you will feel energized and content.

Savor Treats Mindfully

While it is tempting to enjoy the array of desserts and festive snacks that come with the season, consuming these foods in moderation can help prevent unwanted weight gain and maintain stable blood sugar levels. Planning ahead and setting reasonable limits on sugary or fatty foods can help you enjoy the holiday season without compromising your health goals.

Stay Active

Staying active during the holiday season can complement your efforts toward healthy eating. Engaging in fun, physical activities like family walks, dancing, or playing outdoor games can help you stay energized and burn off excess calories. Incorporating these activities into your

holiday traditions not only promotes physical health but also fosters a sense of togetherness and joy during this festive time of year.

Listen to Your Body

Keep in mind how you feel while eating meals or snacking on foods. It’s easy to overindulge when there are so many meal options and snacks made to share with others. When you feel full from eating, try stopping so you don’t eat more than your body needs. This little tip can help you go so far this season.

Practice Self-Care

The holiday seasons are well-known to be an anxious and stressful time of year. Don’t forget to treat yourself in ways that can make you feel relaxed and good about yourself! Meditating, relaxing, taking a warm bath, going on a walk somewhere with gorgeous views is so healing for oneself. Choosing one of these methods can also help you turn away from food as a way to feel good.

Schedule Your Training Sessions in Advance

It is so much easier to stay motivated and keep yourself in-check when you plan workout sessions in advance. Schedule those training sessions in advance by putting them in your calendar, or setting reminders. This can help you stay consistent regardless of how this holiday season goes. Another way to enforce training is to do it with a buddy! Schedule times together that way you can motivate each other along the way.

WebbWell’s 21-Day Challenge has launched! It’s never too late to join in and start this holiday season right. You can also check out the Movement Studio and the Relaxation Room on our WebbWell App. This holiday season is yours to dominate!

About Melanie Webb and WebbWell

Named “The person to call” by DEPARTURES Magazine, “a leader in the adventure travel industry” by Norie Quintos of National Geographic Traveler, and “one of the top trainers in the industry” by The Sports Club/LA (now Equinox), Melanie Webb is the founder and creator of WebbWell and the WebbWell wellness app. A sought-after industry and corporate retreat facilitator and speaker, her fitness course Mother Nature’s Gym Outdoor Fitness Guide is approved for 1.6 CEC’s from American Council on Exercise.

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